Creating a Retirement Income Plan is Much Like Building a House

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Where would you start if you wanted to build your dream home?

Imagine heading over to Home Depot to pick out carpet and paint for your new home or to price out windows. The sales rep would need to see some plans before they could advise you on what to buy or how much. There are more than a dozen different trades involved in building a home, from the foundation to the roof to the landscaping. It requires a coordinated effort by many people to produce a dream home. Your retirement is the same and can't be left to a hodgepodge of advice from friends and family. You need a plan.

If you are building your dream home you would first meet with a designer or architect to have drawings created. The designer would sketch and draft a set of plans that all of the trades would have access to in order to produce what you envision. The next step would be finding a builder to build your home. They, in turn, would dig a hole for the foundation, lay the footings, pour the walls with concrete, frame the house, add the roof truss, shingle, install windows, etc. The electricians and plumbers need to do their rough-in and have it inspected. There would be an insulation crew and drywallers. Cabinet makers for the kitchen and a carpenter for the millwork, flooring, Painters, and others. As you can see there is a lot involved and maybe you would do some work yourself to cut costs.

When it comes to your retirement you are planning out the next 30-40 years of life and trying to ensure you'll have enough money to last that long with little concern of running out. Doesn't that deserve the same level of planning? The absolute first order of business before you transition into retirement should be getting a retirement income plan complete with income projections for you. Many couples have 10-20 different sources of retirement income and need to know the best time and order to take that income. Saving $100,000 in taxes during your lifetime could mean the difference of outliving your money. 

There are at least 6 different areas of your financial future that you need to plan for. Cash flow, Investments, Assets, Taxation, Risk mitigation, and Estate considerations. A proper plan will address these 6 key areas, much like your blueprints for your dream home. Once you have your plan it's easy to determine what areas you need more help with and which areas you can handle yourself. But, regardless of whether you are the master builder or you use the services of other professionals, you need a plan first. 

The sad reality of the Canadian retirement landscape is that most professionals are just trying to sell you products. You may be a do-it-yourselfer or you have an investment advisor, but keep in mind, a retirement income plan is the only way that you can determine the most tax-efficient way to take income, to know how much you can reasonably spend each year without having to worry about running out. We want you to retire with confidence that's why we start with a planning first philosophy and take the time to put together a proper plan that you can easily follow. 

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Calgary's Flat-Fee Retirement Income, Investment & Tax Planning

Willis J Langford, BA, MA, CFP  & Nancy Langford CRS

Certified Financial Planner® 


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